Adelaide United coach Guillermo Amor described the Reds' duck-breaking 1-0 triumph over Perth Glory at Coopers Stadium on Sunday as important for everyone involved with the club, as well as the whole city of Adelaide.
Handed a rare start, Pablo Sanchez scored smartly inside the first two minutes, handing Amor his maiden win as a professional coach.
Soaring temperatures, a hastily rescheduled timeslot and the lack of a single win leading in contributed to a paltry crowd of 6205 - the second smallest for any A-League match at Hindmarsh.
Amor is hopeful the breakthrough victory will breathe renewed life into Adelaide's campaign.
"For me, this is very important" Amor said.
"It's very important for Adelaide, the club, the players, the people, for the city. I'm very happy.
"We dominated for longer. We played with more confidence and played fresher.
"The result was open to the very last minute, so the team had to strain itself."
Amor's decision to start regular substitute Sanchez paid off virtually immediately, while playmaker Marcelo Carrusca was back to something approaching his best after spending considerable time on the pine in recent weeks.
"We decide on the players specifically for each game," Amor said of his decision to give the select the pair in the starting XI.
"The confidence in each player was never lost.
"We thought 'Celo and Pablo would be key players in this match and we've been proven right."